Good Ol' B-Boys Network

WED 1/12
While the Blunt Club has been lighting up the Priceless Inn, 5014 South Price in Tempe, for almost three years, promoter Adam Dumper (a.k.a. Dumperfoo) is promising something decidedly dope on Thursday, January 6, when the third round of the "All B-Boys Armory Hip-Hop Invasion" goes down. Two factions of SoCal DJs -- LPSD (Lyrical Prophets Strictly Dope) and The Empire DJ's -- will join in-house turntablists DJ Element, Tricky T, and Hyder for the show. Local b-boy crews Phunky Phoenicians, Furious Styles, and UFO will also be in the house, along with two local "infamous" graffiti artists, who'll perform live artwork displays (so far, Dumper's keeping their identities on the down-low). DJ Catalyst starts up the 21-and-over event with a poetry reading at 8 p.m., followed by open mic until 9:30 p.m., and music until 2 a.m. Admission is $5. Call 480-897-1466 or see -- Benjamin Leatherman

Wain's World

Swing on up to the Kerr Center for smooth grooves

THU 1/6
Gotta get your mojo working, but don't know where to start? Take in Ken Wain's performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, at the Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, for your first lesson from the "Groovemaster," who'll provide plenty of funky jazz and blues, as well as standards from composers such as Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Backed up by Paul Lucas on guitar and Dowell Davis on the drums, the world-renowned Wain will be playing the piano, Hammond B3 organ and pedal-bass. Tickets are $9.25 to $21.50. Call 480-784-4444. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Bach in Time

Laws of physics take back seat to music appreciation

SAT 1/8
If you're like Bill and Ted, and you think that Julius Caesar is just "a salad dressing dude," then you'll probably benefit from the Phoenix Symphony's "Most Excellent Adventure" on Saturday, January 8, at the Dodge Theatre, 400 West Washington. The program follows two teenagers who travel back in time and encounter legendary composers and musicians, including Beethoven and Gershwin. While you won't learn the secrets of Beethoven's big hair, you'll discover plenty of factoids about the music of these master composers. The time machine is seemingly bouncing around the space-time continuum, since the program also includes selections like "The Flintstones Meet the Jetsons." Robert Moody conducts both the symphony and the time train, which departs at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 and $15. Party on, dudes. Call 602-495-1999 or visit -- Niki D'Andrea

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
Contact: Niki D'Andrea
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.